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2021 International Air & Space Hall of Fame Recap

“We’re especially pleased to honor this exemplary Class of 2021 because these men and women are amongst the most talented figures in the history of air and space,” said Jim Kidrick, President & CEO of the San Diego Air & Space Museum. “Achievements in aviation and space, as embodied by the honorees in the International Air & Space Hall of Fame, directly represents the human pioneering and exploring spirit. November 20 is THE day of the year every guest remembers for the rest of their lives. Guests come from all over the globe just to be in the room with the Honorees and join in this momentous celebration.”

The International Air & Space Hall of Fame Class of 2021:

Ed Bolen is the President and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) in Washington, DC., and a member of the board of directors of the National Aeronautic Association. Prior to joining NBAA, Bolen was president and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Bolen has also served as a member and chairperson of the Management Advisory Council (MAC) to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and a member of the Commission on the Future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry.

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF), is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and has over 11,000 members in all 50 states and 28 foreign countries.  It is the world’s largest flying museum with the goal to acquire, restore, and conserve combat aircraft in honor of American military aviation. The more than 175 aircraft currently in its fleet – known as the “CAF Ghost Squadron” – fly in air shows and events around the country with the purpose of educating the public about the men and women who have flown and fought for America’s freedom.

Eileen Collins is the first female commander of the Space Shuttle and the first person to fly the Shuttle to two different space stations. In total, she had logged over 6,750 hours of flight time in 30 different types of aircraft, and over 38 days in space. Collins retired from the Air Force in 2005 as a colonel and from NASA in 2006.  She has been a strong advocate for women in the aerospace industry and has received numerous awards and honors, such as the Distinguished Flying Cross, NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal and the National Space Trophy. 

Charlie Duke, Apollo 16 lunar module pilot became the tenth and youngest human being to walk on the surface of the moon on April 16, 1972. Apollo 16 was NASA’s second scientific expedition of the moon, during which time Duke logged 20.25 hours in extra-vehicular activities (EVA) and collected some 213 pounds of soil and geological samples. He took the only videos of the lunar rover “in action” as it skidded across the surface. Duke is also known for his crucial role as CAPCOM — the capsule communicator — during the hair-raising moon landing of Apollo 11.

Federal Express started in April 1973 with 389 team members and 14 small aircraft, becoming one of the first major shipping companies to offer overnight delivery as a flagship service. Today FedEx Express is the world’s largest full-service, all-cargo airline and serves every ZIP code in the U.S. and more than 220 countries and territories. Their global network provides time-sensitive, air-ground express service through 650 airports worldwide.

Bryan Moss is the former President and Executive Vice President of the Aerospace Group General Dynamics Corporation. He is also the former President of the Business Aircraft Division of Bombardier Aerospace Group. In 2007, Moss was awarded the National Business Aviation Association’s Meritorious Service Aware, which is the association’s highest award for service and contributions to the business aviation industry.

Dee O’Hara became the first aerospace nurse assigned to NASA’s first seven astronauts, the Mercury Seven in 1959. Since then, O’Hara participated in every launch in the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs, allowing her to establish the foundations for the field of Space Nursing. After Skylab, she was invited to participate in the Apollo-Soyuz Test Program (ASTP) and the first shuttle flight in 1981. In 1974, O’Hara moved to the Ames Research Center where she managed the Human Research Facility until her retirement in 1997.


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